Consent Of Parents Mandatory For Students To Attend Schools: Odisha Minister

Bhubaneswar: Consent of parents/guardians is mandatory for students to attend physical classroom teaching in schools as well as stay in hostels, clarified School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash.

“One can give consent over the telephone, through Whatsapp. Since the child is going to attend school, headmaster or teacher of the concerned school will ensure to obtain the consent of the child’s parents no matter through whichever means,” said Dash speaking to reporters here.

The Minister was of the opinion that vaccination of teachers on a priority basis will not be an issue.

He said most of the teachers have got themselves vaccinated.

“We have requested the Health Department to vaccinate teachers. Since schools are going to reopen and the health of students is important for all of us, the District Collectors will take appropriate action wherever necessary,” the Minister stated.

“Since most of the teachers have taken their first doses, their second doses will have to be prioritized if they have completed the relevant gap between the two doses of the vaccine,” he pointed out.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Odisha government on Saturday announced to reopen government and private schools for the students of classes X and XII across the State from July 26.

On Thursday it also announced to reopen hostels for the students of these classes and issued an SOP which has to be strictly adhered to.

School & Mass Education Secretary Satyabrata Sahu had said that the decision to reopen schools and resume physical mode of teaching for classes X and XII was taken in view of the problems faced by students in online teaching mode due to poor internet connectivity in many places in the State.

Classes will be held from 10 AM to 1.30 PM, schools will remain closed on Sundays and other government holidays.

Sahu had said that prior to reopening of schools all teachers will be vaccinated against Covid-19 on a priority basis, adding District Education Officers have been instructed to ensure that Covid protocols are followed.

Due to poor internet connectivity, only 40% of the students can be reached through online teaching while 60% remain unconnected, Sahu had stated.

It is not mandatory for all students to attend classes physically only those who wish to attend the classes physically can attend the schools, he had clarified.